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Meet The Canidae Family – True Dogs

By Paige
Wolf with snow on its nose

Image from Angel Pepper

The Canidae family is a big one, but it used to be much bigger.

Fighting for free space and limited resources has been (and still is) detrimental to many of these dogs – some of which can only be found in captivity.

True Dogs

Here is a look at the true dogs of the family, which excludes the true foxes.

Although some of the animals in this tribe are called foxes they are not considered true foxes.

Tribe Canini

Here are some beautiful images of the true dogs of the world. Each one displaying a bit of the personality we have come to love in their domestic counterparts.

Side Striped Jackal

Side Striped Jackal

Canis adustus
Image from Eyes on Africa
Golden Jackal

Golden Jackal

Canis aureus
Image from Paul Mannix


Canis latrans
Image from matt knoth
Gray Wolf

Gray Wolf

Canis lupus
Image from Property#1
Red Wolf

Red Wolf

Canis lupus rufus
Image from Cell Phone Susie
Domestic Dog

Domestic Dog

Canis lupus familiaris


Canis lupus dingo
Image from HeatherW
New Guinea Singing Dog

New Guinea Singing Dog

Canis lupus hallstromi
Image from whatadqr
Eastern Wolf

Eastern Wolf

Canis lupus lycaon
Image from Darmichar
Indian Wolf

Indian Wolf

Canis indica
Himalayan Wolf

Himalayan Wolf

Canis himalayensis
Image from sir_watkyn
Black-Backed Jackal

Black-Backed Jackal

Canis mesomelas
Image from L.N. Batides
Ethiopian Wolf

Ethiopian Wolf

Canis simensis
Image from Retriverman
Dhole – Asian Wild Dog


Cuon alpinus or Canis alpinus
Image from Nick Lawes
African Wild Dog – African Hunting Dog

African Wild Dog

Lycoan pictus
Image from Arno & Louise
Crab Eating Fox

Crab Eating Fox

Cerdocyon thous


Pseudalopex calpaeus
Image from gcassus
Darwin’s Fox

Darwin's Fox

Pseudalpoex fulvipes
Argentine Grey Fox

Argentine Grey Fox

Pseudalopex griseus
Image from Niall Corbet
Pampas Fox

Pampas Fox

Pseudalopex gymnocercus
Image from Arthur Grosset
Sechura Fox

Sechura Fox

Pseudalopex sechurae
Image from Pergamo PUCP
Maned Wolf

Maned Wolf

Chrysocyon brachyurus
Image from mstickmanp
Bush Dog

Bush Dog

Speothos venaticus
Image from allspice1

Be sure to meet the foxes & basil dogs of the world too.

34 Responses to “Meet The Canidae Family – True Dogs”

  1. wolf_canis_lover says:

    what about the short-eared dog (Atelocynus microtis)

  2. Jonathan says:

    You have missed one out, The Africanis. The indigenous dog of Africa. For more information visit the following links;

    This is a lovely picture feature, excellent stuff.


  3. gurj says:

    Can the Dhole breed with the domestic dog and if so is there any web sitesor articles with evidence of this? I know the golden jackal and coyote and all species and subspecies of wolf can but not sure if the dhole can.???

    Also can the side striped jackal and black backed jackal breed with the domestic dog too? I would expect them to be able to, but again have never read anyhting on this.

    Many thanks

  4. morgan says:

    save the wolves and tigers!!!!!!!!!!!:o

  5. joe says:

    save the african wild hunting dog please

  6. Çharau says:

    The Himalayan Wolf is gorgeous! And the Eastern Wolf…then again all wolves are beautiful =)

  7. ziven says:

    save the wolves! =)

  8. nina says:


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  10. annette lundberg says:

    Nina, Bushdogs live in the rainforests of South America and is a very old canine species…
    They are rare and hard to see in the wild.
    But I have actually seen three in the wild of Ecuador….

  11. annette lundberg says:

    and what about the hoary fox??
    Should´nt they be included here??

  12. Lacy says:

    Wolves are one of the oldest and beautiful species in the world. Why should it be up to people like Sarah Palin to decide how many of these animals live.Not to sound like PITA or anything but were the ones moveing in on their territory and destroying their homes. It’s no wonder they go after our small dogs and cats, there just doing what they do naturally. then when they do we call them killers or worse when were no diffrent from them. Sorry , just needed to speack my mind on this. It’s funny, even at a young age i respected but was always fascinated with them. There awesome , powerful animals and should be respected.

  13. MagiKen says:

    The maned wolf is new to me. It looks very elegant with its long legs, thin muzzle, tufted coat and mane, and large erect ears; gorgeous. Does anyone here know: what is its natural habitat?

  14. Wolves are majestic! They’re intelligent and they work together. I just hate the fact that people will hurt them when all they ever want to do is survive, we go to their territory, we should respect it and not ruin theirs.

  15. joram07 says:

    eastern wolves are cross between timber or gray wolves and coyotes and the same with the red wolf red wolf have an ancestry of timber wolves and coyotes…

  16. Gina Olarte says:

    Great idea and pictures but i’m quite sorry, but it seems to me you missed a lot of wild-canids there…
    rather than Atelocynus, ther’s also the Urocyon cinereoargenteus (grey fox) just to name some…
    You can complement the information in:

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